The production assistant shoved down to the ground by Davante Adams at Arrowhead Stadium has sued Adams, the Raiders, the Chiefs and others.
Adams caught two touchdowns in a frustrating 30-29 Raiders loss in October and on his way to the locker room shoved Park Zebley, a 20-year-old University of Missouri-Kansas City student who was holding a camera as he was working as a freelance production assistant for ESPN’s broadcast team, to the ground.
Adams was charged with misdemeanor assault in the incident and is due in court late next month.
Zebley filed a civil complaint in Jackson County Circuit Court earlier in May saying he was diagnosed with concussion symptoms, got targeted online and feared for his life after the incident, according to the Kansas City Star.
“A municipal misdemeanor battery charge is not sufficient,” Zebley said in a statement to the outlet. “I’m looking for justice. You can’t shove someone down and walk off like it didn’t happen. Not in real life.”
Raiders’ WR Davante Adams moments after the Raiders loss to the Chiefs: pic.twitter.com/lEjoOHS7x2— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2022 Davante Adams shoves a camera operator after the Raiders’ loss to the Chiefs. Screengrab
Landmark Events Staffing and the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority are also named in the suit.
“In the days that followed, media and various fans of the Las Vegas Raiders and Adams discovered [Zebley’s] identity, circulated his contact information, and made death threats against him, as well as other generally vile comments,” the civil complaint says.
“[Zebley] felt concerned for his own safety and sought counseling and stayed away from his apartment.”Davante Adams has been sued in the wake of the incident in which he shoved a camera operator to the ground after a loss against the Chiefs.Getty Images
In a since-deleted tweet, Adams apologized for the incident.
“Sorry to the guy I pushed over after the game,” Adams wrote. “Obviously very frustrated at the way the game ended and when he ran in front of me as I exited that was my reaction and I felt horrible immediately. That’s not me. MY APOLOGIES man hope you see this.”2023-05-26T01:27:48Z dg43tfdfdgfd